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Posted on 06/10/2014 12:24:29 AM PDT by kingattax
A KITTEN has almost died after its owners fed it a strict vegan diet.
The horrific case at a North Melbourne animal hospital has prompted a warning about the dangers of people "forcing ideologies" on their pets.
Lort Smith Animal Hospital veterinarian Leanne Pinfold said the kitten was brought in this month by its owners, who were believed to be vegan.
She said the kitten's diet of potatoes, rice milk and pasta had caused it to become critically ill.
"It was extremely weak and collapsed when it came in. It was almost non-responsive," Dr Pinfold said.
The kitten was given fluids via a drip, placed on a heat pad and fed meat.
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Omnivores can live on veggies; however, maybe not the healthiest diet.
Cats require taurine, which cannot be synthesized and is found in meat. Humans don’t have that requirement. Sounds like owner is an ignorant idealogue.
Look at a cats teeth. Those are strictly for a carnivore.
didn’t they know that natures natural diet for cats is “fancy feast”?
The only way a omnivore can live healthily on vegetables alone is if they supplement their diet with foods that are not found in their local environment. The same holds true if they eat a totally carnivore diet, but in that case they would have to eat organ meats that most people can’t (or won’t willingly) eat to get the nutrients that are not present in the muscle fibers they eat normally.
Cats are obligate carnivores, they can and sometimes do eat some vegetables (I have a cat who adores mushrooms fried in garlic and butter) but they can’t digest them well, and they do not get the nutrients they need from them.
haven’t you ever seen a bobcat munching on a nice big salad ? *wink*
Good taste is easy to recognize.
I care for three or four grown cats and seven kittens, still nursing. I buy only dry cat food by the kilo at a local feed store. The kittens are old enough to eat the dry food.
Philippine cats, free to a good home...you pay shipping :)
Rush brought up this very subject during the early years of his show in response to a story about some nutbar turning his dog into a vegan. He pointed out that dogs mostly only eat vegetables when they’re sick, to make themselves throw up to feel better and expel something bad they ate. He then went on to mention that if some moron tried that diet on a cat, it would die. He mentioned that cats live off of a protein that’s only found in meat.
More crazies. You can’t go against nature folks. Cats are carnivores.
These people are on a special level of stupid...
Hope they never procreate....
So can we start referring to you as the crazy cat lady?
“So can we start referring to you as the crazy cat lady?”
errr. I am NOT a woman, much less a lady :P
PING this over to Slings And Arrows. :)=^..^=
dogs mostly only eat vegetables when theyre sick, to make themselves throw up to feel better and expel something bad they ate.
we had a cat that would eat grass and throw up...
Whenever Mom saw her eating grass she wouldn’t let the cat in the house until the grass had done its business..
A vegan diet isn’t even healthy for humans, and we have need for less meat in our diets than cats.
Poor kitten, to be abused in such a way.
Well 11 cats is suspect ya know
Potatoes and pasta- solid sugar when digested. Yum.
Or a tiger munching on a big fat carrot!
Happens all the time.
“Well 11 cats is suspect ya know”
Yes, maybe so, but I am not a cat lover. I did not choose to have the cats. They chose to have me !
I also have a dog. She has had a few litters. I have no problem finding homes for them.
Your cat sounds amusing! But in all my years of having cats I’ve never been able to get them to eat anything but meat, meat and more meat. If I gave any cat a potato, she would prefer to starve than to eat it. And cats will refuse to eat.
These people are idiots. Same for parents who feed babies “low fat” diets.
I remember this intense vegetarian that I met during college. He looked the part, coughing, skinny, not exactly the kind of guy you’d see dancing Chip-and-Dales (or however you spell it). But he had this really healthy (and very well-behaved), large dog, next to him. A fried of mine asked him whether the dog was a vegetarian too - the guy snarld at him and screamed: “He’s a dog, I feed him meat”.
So the guy got half of it right - thankfully the dog half.
My dogs eat lots of veggies along with their meat.
But they’re dogs and naturally omnivorous.
wolves love peas and carrots ?
Hilarious vegan lion and hippies.
The brain dead vegan needs to look up the phrase “obligate canivore”. Cats HAVE TO eat meat. I hope the kitten wasn’t given back to this veggie lackwit.
If they’re at all like my dogs they’ll pass on the peas but love the carrots.
Total dumba@@es. I hope they never have a child. Would probably feed that unfortunate being according to the latest nutritional fad. You don’t get yourself a carnivorous pet and then force it to a diet for which it is not adapted. Their local judge should slap a life long ban on their owning animals on them.
good, more peas for me...i love em :)
from the article :
It remained in hospital for three days after which the kitten’s owners were given meat to feed their pet at home, she said.
Even the crap in the cat ‘food’ aisle is unfit for your pet...first ingredient? Corn.
This article is from nearly a year ago. I guess you just stumbled across it?
Cats are carnivores.
The owners of this kitten should serve some jail time for animal abuse...such a sentence would serve as a bonus to normal people who wouldn't have to suffer the presence of such morons for the length of the sentence.
Vegans need a B-12 supplement which they cannot obtain through strictly non-meat edibles.
You’re right the first ingredient is corn but it does have other stuff, including taurine.
Here’s the list from Purina Cat Chow. Doesn’t look that great, but it does keep them alive. I know people who have 15-18 year old cats who have eaten nothing but this stuff.
Corn meal, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, soy flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), powdered cellulose, animal liver flavor, soybean hulls, malt extract, calcium carbonate, phosphoric acid, salt, choline chloride, potassium chloride, taurine, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, parsley flakes, niacin, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2), copper sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite. I-4500
A vegan kitteh. This makes even Basement Cat weep.
I hope baby kitten finds a new home with a butcher, or some other person who will treat him/her to a daily Cheezeburger, and other meaty morsels,
It is just as destructive to humans. Vegan diets are extremely unhealthy.
Pray America wakes up
My cat of 10 years will eat nothing but Friskies Surfin Turfin. When she was a kitten she ate canned cat food but one day turned her nose up at it. I gave away a dozen cans of expensive cat food. Shes in very good health, very active and not at all fat.
Until a week ago she showed no interest in people food, not even real meat. I had made a pizza. It was hot from the oven and I use a lot of crushed red pepper. She decided to check it out. She snuck up on the pizza and gave the sauce a taste. Her tongue picked up a couple flakes of pepper, she shook her head and swatted the pizza a couple times. I doubt shell try it again.
I saw a family like that at Whole Foods. The children were pale and listless. Sad.
“Look at a cats teeth. Those are strictly for a carnivore.”
That’s why a cat looks at you like you’re lunch.
You might want to go easy on the garlic. It’s not all that harmless to cats, regardless whether they like eating it.
Read the comments. They explain why garlic and other allium vegetables are bad for cats.
However, I understand that a small amount of garlic every once in a great while is good for eliminating fleas.
Is anyone else curious what political position people who think like this hold?
Cats are strict carnivores and do best on a raw meat diet.
Visit the Weston Price website for good diet info, look under “Traditional Diets” heading. Veganism is slow suicide.
That and canned tuna.
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